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Child Life Specialist - Limited Tenure

Mayo Clinic
La Crosse, WI


La Crosse







Position description

Child life specialists promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. The specialist provides emotional support for families, and encourages optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. The specialist provides information, support and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. The specialist plays a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress.


Bachelor's degree in child development, child life, child and family studies or related field; completion of eligibility assessment by the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP); and successful completion of, at minimum, a 480-hour clinical child life internship under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Additional qualifications

Two year of recent work experience with children and families, prefer two years of paid experience as a Child Life Specialist. Knowledge and experience in program development or implementation. Analytical skills necessary to assess program, patient and family needs; establish a plan of care and deliver appropriate interventions. Ability to represent and communicate and teach the role of child life to others. Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively across clinical settings. Ability to work as a contributing member of the multidisciplinary team. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Technical skills to effectively complete required professional documentation and correspondence. Basic supervisory skills to oversee Child Life program volunteers and staff.

License or certification

Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Maintains current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers from one of the following programs: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or the Military Network Training.

Exemption status


Benefits eligible



Full Time

Hours / Pay period


Schedule details

This is a limited tenure position, currently, the position will last 2 years.


Nursing, Support Services, Therapy Services

Career profile

Clinical & Support Services

Job posting number



Todd Williams

Equal opportunity employer

Mayo Clinic is an equal opportunity educator and employer (including veterans and persons with disabilities).


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